DeGise Charges Stack and Fulop with Initimidating County Committee Members

HCDO Chair Candidate Amy DeGise says she wants to protect the legal rights of county committee members she says are being pressured to resign their seats by Union City Mayor Brian Stack and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.

“Mayor Fulop and his top aides are personally harassing current county committee members, trying to force them to sign legal documents resigning their seats so they can be replaced by other people who are willing to vote for Stack,” says Amy DeGise. “This is a heavy handed attempt to intimidate people and a clear violation of their civil rights.”

DeGise says committee members already intimidated include senior citizens and others are city employees.

“It’s shocking to see Mayor Fulop is sinking to this level and I’m running for Chair to stand up for everyone’s rights and stop this kind of intimidation and abuse,” DeGise said.

The candidate is sending notices to all county committee members today warning them not to be fooled or intimidated and urging them to contact her if they are pressured to resign their seats, she said.

“We are putting together a team of attorneys who will document evidence in these cases and defend the rights of those committee members who are being targeted,” DeGise said. “Stack and Fulop will find themselves on the wrong end of a federal civil rights action if they continue to behave like this.

“This is a glaring example of why electing Brian Stack would set the Democratic Party back into a dark period of our history that no one should want to revisit,” the candidate added. “This kind of unethical and illegal behavior ended when my father was elected County Executive. We are not going to allow Brian Stack to bring it back.”

Contacted for comment, Stack the charge was bogus and merely a ham-handed attempt to distract from the strong arm tactics of DeGise’s allies.

“I would never do that and I know Mayor Fulop would never ask committee people to resign,” Stack told InsiderNJ. “They must be very nervous to come up with something like that.”

“One-hundred percent,” the mayor said, when asked if his rivals are intimidating people.

“Thank God it’s going to a machine vote,” he noted of the HCDO chairmanship process. “Otherwise people would feel intimidated.”

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